FRAME, the creative communications agency, has reported record fee income of £5.2 million as it unveiled its new leadership team.

The Glasgow-based firm, which is celebrating 30 years in business, has appointed Keli Mitchell and Stephen McCranor as its joint managing directors. The duo replace long-standing managing director Gary O’Donnell, who has become chairman of the agency.

Frame, whose services include advertising, design and public relations, said the changes come after it reported a profit worth “seven figures” last year.

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And the firm, which has seen fee income more than double in the last four years, noted that it has enjoyed a strong opening quarter, winning new contracts from clients such as Northern Rail, Euro 2020 and Strathmore Foods. TEDx, National Trust for Scotland, ScotRail, intu and Brewin Dolphin are also on its roster.

Mr O’Donnell, who staged a management buyout of Frame with Angus Walker around a decade ago, said: “Frame has come a very long way since our MBO in 2009 – over 90 employees from fewer than 20. Annual income is up over 500 per cent since then, three new companies in the group, a new HQ in Glasgow, a new office in Edinburgh, dozens of new clients, and a more rounded and profitable business working not just here in Scotland, but across the UK and Europe.

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“Keli and Stephen are natural successors. They’re both seasoned pros who embody the spirit and values of Frame. They’re ambitious and driven, but they’re people people. It tells you all you need to know about our progress that we didn’t need to hire them, they were already here.”

Mr McCranor joined Frame in 2014 to spearhead the firm’s new public relations division, which was launched as a joint venture with Charlotte Street Partners. That division now has 20 staff and is on course to account for one-third of the group’s revenue in 2019. Ms Mitchell, until now Frame’s deputy managing director, has worked for the agency for 18 years over two spells. She previously had stints with the Leith Agency and the Big Partnership.

Frame recently launched a media planning and buying business. Led by former MediaCom director Charlie Crawford, Frame Media will be based at the company’s first Edinburgh office.